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Business Book of the Year Award 2019

Speakers include:
Mariana Mazzucato

Mariana Mazzucato

Adrian Wooldridge

Adrian Wooldridge

The Economist

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Financial Times


The Financial Times and McKinsey & Company are delighted to announce the launch of the Business Book of the Year Award 2019. The Award, now in its 15th year, is well established as the pre-eminent business book prize and attracts over 400 entries annually.

The SHORTLIST ANNOUNCEMENT LUNCH  will be held in London on 16th September 2019. The AWARDS DINNER will be held in New York on 3rd December 2019.

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Full Overview

The Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award aims to identify the book that provides the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues, including management, finance and economics. The judges give preference to those books whose insights and influence are most likely to stand the test of time.

The £30,000 Financial Times and McKinsey Award will go to the title that is judged to have provided ‘the most compelling and enjoyable insight into modern business issues’. Each of the other finalists will receive a £10,000 award.

The BRACKEN BOWER PRIZE, which will also be presented at the Awards Dinner, will go to the best proposal from a young author who can tackle emerging business themes.  For more details of this £15,000 prize, please visit the website here.


Key Dates

Open for Submissions: Wednesday 10 April 2019

Hard Copies of Submitted Titles Accepted: Wednesday 1 May 2019

Submissions Closing Date: Friday 28 June 2019

Longlist Announcement: Monday 12 August 2019

Shortlist Announcement Lunch: Monday 16 September 2019

Award Dinner: Tuesday 3 December 2019


Special Guest Speakers (3)

Mariana Mazzucato

Mariana Mazzucato

Professor of Innovation and Public Value at UCL, Director of the Institute for Innovation and Public Purpose, and author of The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy

Mariana Mazzucato (PhD) is Professor in the Economics of Innovation and Public Value at University College London (UCL), where she is Founding Director of the UCL Institute for Innovation & Public Purpose (IIPP

She is winner of the 2014 New Statesman SPERI Prize in Political Economy, the 2015 Hans-Matthöfer-Preis, the 2018 Leontief Prize for Advancing the Frontiers of Economic Thought and the 2019 All European Academies Madame de Staël Prize for Cultural Values. She was named as one of the '3 most important thinkers about innovation' by the New Republic, and is on The Bloomberg 50 list of ‘Ones to Watch’ for 2019.

Her highly-acclaimed book The Entrepreneurial State: debunking public vs. private sector myths (2013) investigates the role of public organizations in playing the ‘investor of first resort’ role in the history of technological change. Her 2018 book The Value of Everything: making and taking in the global economy (2018) brings value theory back to the center of economics in order to reward value creation over value extraction. It was a 2018 Strategy & Business Book of the Year and was shortlisted for the 2018 Financial Times and McKinsey Business Book of the Year prize.

She advises policy makers around the world on innovation-led inclusive growth and is currently a member of the Scottish Government’s Council of Economic Advisors; the UN’s Committee for Development Policy (CDP), SITRA’s Advisory Panel in Finland, and Norway’s Research Council.  She is currently a Special Advisor for the EC Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation.

Adrian Wooldridge

Adrian Wooldridge

Political Editor
The Economist

Adrian Wooldridge is The Economist's political editor and author of its Bagehot column. He has also been its management editor (and author if the Schumpeter column) and Washington bureau chief (and author of the Lexington column). He has written or co-written ten books including, most recently, Capitalism in America, co-written with Alan Greenspan.

Andrew Hill

Andrew Hill

Management Editor and Associate Editor
Financial Times

Andrew Hill is an award-winning columnist and senior journalist at the Financial Times. As Associate Editor and Management Editor, he writes a weekly column on business, strategy and management, as well as contributing longer features and taking part in video discussions and podcasts. He is a regular public speaker and chair of panels on leadership and management.

Since joining the FT in 1988, Andrew has worked in various roles, including editor of the daily Lombard column on British business and finance, Financial Editor, Comment & Analysis Editor, New York Bureau Chief, Foreign News Editor, and correspondent in Brussels and Milan. He is a member of the FT’s Editorial Board.

Andrew was named Business Commentator of the Year 2016 in the Editorial Intelligence Comment Awards and Best Commentator at the 2009 Business Journalist of the Year Awards, where he also received the Decade of Excellence award for sustained achievement in business and financial journalism.

His latest book is Ruskinland (Pallas Athene, 2019), a personal exploration of John Ruskin’s life, work and enduring influence on our world, published to coincide with the bicentenary of the great thinker’s birth. He is also the author of Leadership in the Headlines (FT Publishing, 2016), a selection of his FT columns and insights about how leaders lead.

Judges (8)

Shriti  Vadera

Shriti Vadera

Chairman, Santander UK, Senior Independent Director, BHP Billiton

Shriti Vadera is Chairman of Santander UK and Senior Independent Director of BHP Billiton. She was previously a Non-Executive Director of AstraZeneca from 2011-2018.

From 2009 – 2014 she advised governments, investors and companies ranging from the Chair of the G20, European periphery countries on the Eurozone crisis, the Government of Dubai on the restructuring of Dubai World’s debt and Temasek Holdings (Singapore) on strategy to the African Development Bank on raising finance for pan-African infrastructure.  

Shriti Vadera was a Minister in the UK government from June 2007 to September 2009 in the Cabinet Office, Business Department and International Development Department. She worked on the government’s response to the financial crisis and as a key architect of the 2008 UK bank recapitalisation plan and 2009 G20 London summit. She was on the Council of Economic Advisers at the UK Treasury from 1999 – 2007, where she worked on business, productivity and international finance issues, and prior to that was an investment banker for 14 years with SG Warburg/UBS, with a particular focus on emerging markets.

Mohamed El-Erian

Mohamed El-Erian

Chief Economic Advisor

Mohamed A. El-Erian is Chief Economic Advisor at Allianz, the corporate parent of PIMCO where he formerly served as chief executive and co-chief investment officer (2007-2014). He President-elect of Queens' College Cambridge, a columnist for Bloomberg View and a contributing editor at the Financial Times, having previously chaired President Obama’s Global Development Council (2012-2017).

Dr El-Erian first joined PIMCO in 1999 and was a senior member of PIMCO’s portfolio management and investment strategy group, as well as a founding member of its investment committee. He rejoined the company at the end of 2007 after serving for two years as president and CEO of Harvard Management Company. Prior to this, Dr El-Erian was a managing director at Salomon Smith Barney/Citigroup in London, and previously spent 15 years at the International Monetary Fund in Washington, DC where he was Deputy Director.

Dr El-Erian has published widely on international economic and finance topics. His 2008 book, When Markets Collide, was a New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller and won the Financial Times Goldman Sachs Business Book of the Year. His 2016 book, The Only Game in Town, was a New York Times bestseller. He was named on Foreign Policy’s list of “Top 100 Global Thinkers” four years in a row. LinkedIn named him among its Top “Influencers” for 2016 and 2017.

Having served on the boards of the US Treasury Borrowing Advisory Committee, the International Center for Research on Women, the Peterson Institute for International Economics, the IMF’s Committee of Eminent Persons and the New York Fed’s Investor Advisory Committee on Financial Markets, Dr El-Erian is currently a trustee of several nonprofit boards, including the NBER where he sits on the Executive Committee, and is a Board member of Under Armour. He is a Senior Advisor for Gramercy, co-chairs the capital campaign for the University and Colleges of Cambridge and has been chair of Microsoft’s Investment Advisory Board since 2007. Dr El-Erian holds a Master’s degree and doctorate in economics from Oxford University and received his undergraduate degree from Cambridge University.

Randall  Kroszner

Randall Kroszner

Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics
University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business

Randall S. Kroszner is the Norman R. Bobins Professor of Economics and Deputy Dean for Executive Programs at the Booth School of Business of the University of Chicago.  From 2006 to 2009, he served as a Governor of the U.S. Federal Reserve System, where he took a leading role in developing responses to the financial crisis.  He chaired the Fed’s Committee on Supervision and Regulation and the Committee on Consumer and Community Affairs. He represented the Fed on the Financial Stability Board, the Basel Committee on Banking Supervision, and the Committee of Central Bank Governors of the Americas.  He chaired the OECD Working Party of deputy central bank governors and deputy finance ministers on international macroeconomic policy.

From 2001 to 2003, Professor Kroszner was a member of the U.S. President’s Council of Economic Advisers, where he worked on issues including sovereign debt restructuring, currency crisis management, terrorism risk insurance, financial regulation, corporate governance, and IMF reform.

Professor Kroszner currently serves as the Chair of the Financial Research Advisory Committee to the Office of Financial Research at the US Treasury.  He is a member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago’s Academic Advisory Council and is a member of the advisory board of the Paulson Institute. He is a Research Associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.

Professor Kroszner has more than 100 publications, including his book with Nobel laureate Robert J. Shiller, Reforming U.S. Financial Markets:  Before and Beyond Dodd-Frank, which appeared on the Washington Post’s “Book World” political bestsellers list.  His paper on corporate ownership won the Brattle Prize for best corporate finance paper in the Journal of Finance.  

Professor Kroszner is a much sought-after media commentator and consults with financial institutions, government organisations, and central banks throughout the world.  In addition, he is advising a number of fintech startups.

Professor Kroszner received a ScB from Brown University and a PhD from Harvard University.

Lionel Barber

Lionel Barber

Financial Times

Lionel Barber is the editor of the Financial Times. Since his appointment in 2005, Mr Barber has helped solidify the FT’s position as one of the first publishers to successfully transform itself into a multichannel news organisation. During his tenure, the FT has won numerous global prizes for its journalism, including Newspaper of the Year, Overseas Press Club, Gerald Loeb and Society of Publishers in Asia awards. He has co-written several books and has lectured widely on foreign policy, transatlantic relations, European security and monetary union in the US and Europe and appears regularly on TV and radio around the world. As editor, he has interviewed many of the world’s leaders in business and politics, including: former US President Barack Obama, sitting US president Donald Trump, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany and President of Iran Hassan Rouhani.

Mr Barber has received several distinguished awards, including the St George Society medal of honour and the Legion d’Honneur and in February 2018, the Media Society’s annual award for his outstanding contribution to journalism. He serves on the Board of Trustees at the Carnegie Corporation of New York and is Chairman of the Tate.

Mitchell  Baker

Mitchell Baker


Mitchell Baker co-founded the Mozilla Project to support the open, innovative web and ensure it continues offering opportunities for everyone. As Chairwoman of Mozilla, Ms Baker is responsible for organising and motivating a massive, worldwide, collective of employees and volunteers around the world who are building the internet as a global public resource, open and accessible to all.

Ms Baker is deeply engaged in developing product offerings that promote the mission of empowering individuals. She also guides the overall scope and direction of Mozilla’s mission.

Ms Baker has written op-eds for The Atlantic,, Quartz and spoken at events including the World Economic Forum, Web Summit and SXSW Edu.

Ms Baker is a strong advocate for the open internet, open source, and the importance of connecting technology to its impact on individuals and society. She is highly regarded as one of the pioneers of the web and bringing the open internet to consumers.

Herminia Ibarra

Herminia Ibarra

Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behavior
London Business School

Herminia Ibarra is the Charles Handy Professor of Organizational Behavior at London Business School. Prior to joining LBS, she served on the INSEAD and Harvard Business School faculties.

An authority on leadership and career development, Thinkers 50 ranks Professor Ibarra among the top management thinkers in the world. She is a member of the World Economic Forum’s Expert Network, a judge for the Financial Times/McKinsey Business Book of the Year Award, and one of Apolitica’s 100 most influential people in gender policy. She was the 2018 recipient of the Academy of Management’s Scholar-Practitioner Award for the contributions of her scholarly research  to management practice.

Professor Ibarra is the author of best-selling books including Act Like a Leader, Think Like a Leader and Working Identity: Unconventional Strategies for Reinventing Your Career. She writes regularly in the Harvard Business Review and leading academic journals as well as business publications including the Financial Times, Wall Street Journal, and New York Times. Professor Ibarra speaks internationally on leadership and organizational transformation.

A native of Cuba, Professor Ibarra received her MA and PhD from Yale University, where she was a National Science Fellow.

Rik Kirkland

Rik Kirkland

Partner and Director of Publishing
McKinsey & Company

As Director of Publishing at McKinsey & Company, Rik Kirkland has led the firm’s global print and online activities since 2008. These include the McKinsey Quarterly,, the McKinsey Insights apps and books such as Talent Wins (HBR Press, 2018), No Ordinary Disruption (PublicAffairs, 2015), and Reimagining India (Simon & Schuster, 2013). From 2000-2005, he was the editor of FORTUNE magazine, which under his leadership was three times nominated as a finalist for general excellence by the American Society of Magazine Editors and won numerous other awards.

During more than two decades, he served as FORTUNE’s Washington editor, Europe editor, International editor and Deputy Editor. He has been a frequent guest on CNN and CNBC and a moderator at the WEF in Davos, FORTUNE’s Global Forum, and the Microsoft CEO Summit. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and plays guitar in a rock band, The Prowlers.

Dambisa Moyo

Dambisa Moyo

Global Economist and Author
Non-Executive Director, Barrick Gold and Chevron

Dambisa Moyo is a pre-eminent thinker, who influences key decision-makers in strategic investment and public policy. She is respected for her unique perspectives, her balance of contrarian thinking with measured judgment, and her ability to turn economic insight into investible ideas.

Dr Moyo has earned a strong reputation as a top-tier opinion former and trusted advisor on Macroeconomics, Geopolitics, Technology and Millennial themes. She is a Board member of 3M Company and Chevron. She holds a Doctorate in Economics from Oxford, a Masters from Harvard, and is recognized for fresh and innovative ideas as the Author of four New York Times Bestselling Books: Edge of Chaos: Why Democracy is Failing to Deliver Economic Growth and How to Fix It (2018); Winner Take All: China’s Race for Resources and What it Means for the World (2012); How the West Was Lost: Fifty Years of Economic Folly and the Stark Choices Ahead (2011); and Dead Aid: Why Aid is Not Working and How There is a Better Way for Africa (2009)

Dr Moyo was named to the list of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World; has published in the Financial Times, WSJ, Barrons, Harvard Business Review and has travelled to 80 countries. In her spare time, she runs marathons, practices Pilates and is an amateur boxer.


Organisers (2)

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of one million, three-quarters of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

McKinsey & Company is a global management consulting firm, deeply committed to helping institutions in the private, public, and social sectors achieve lasting success. For over 90 years, our primary objective has been to serve as our clients' most trusted external advisor. With consultants in over 120 cities in more than 60 countries, across industries and functions, we bring unparalleled expertise to clients anywhere in the world. We work closely with teams at all levels of an organisation to shape winning strategies, mobilise for change, build capabilities and drive successful execution.

Find out what happened at last year's event

Click here for more details of the 2018 Business Book of the Year Award, and see photographs of the event here.


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